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*Remote Via Zoom. Centering Prayer is a practice to foster our relationship with God. It prepares us for the gift of contemplation.
“The word road sums up one of the deepest experiences of human beings as they confront the task of life. Life is never a given, it is always a task, something that must must be done and carried out. We do not live simply by not dying. We walk toward life. To live is to walk. Walking assumes that there is a road.” ~ Leonardo Boff. This retreat will focus on the “the gift of life,” “the suffering of the human condition,” and God's “compassionate love” in Jesus. It will be a time of prayer, healing and reconciliation.
***This event is Sold Out!*** Call 310.377.4867 to be added to a waitlist for cancellations The word mandala is from Sanskrit and means circle. A circle is a symbol of wholeness. The psychologist Carl G. Jung created one each morning “somehow corresponding to his inner situation at the time”. For Jung, “the mandala really is Formation, Transformation, Eternal Mind’s eternal recreation.” Our workshop will engage the experience of the mandala with a variety of mediums and papers. I invite you to bring your own art materials if you so wish. Our workshop will focus on meditative moments, creating our mandalas and learning some of the history of the mandala and current mandala projects.
*Remote Via Zoom. Experience, deepen, and share the power of living gratefully. Bring gratitude to life… We hold grateful living as an engaged mindfulness practice, grounded in both wisdom and science, which supports our ability to see the wonder and opportunity in every moment, and motivates us to act boldly with love, generosity, and respect towards one another, ourselves, and the Earth. Gratefulness Gatherings are an opportunity to cultivate a space where we can explore grateful living as an orientation to life.
*Remote Via Zoom* Spirituality Series Part 15: Are you tired of serial suffering? …are you mostly “restless, irritable, and discontent”? …are you filled with chronic irritation, anxiety, or boredom? Are you regularly asking: “IS THIS ALL THERE IS??” The text book of AA suggests: We have entered the world of the SPIRIT! Have we become God-conscious? What is Big Book talking about? What are specific suggestions for having a life that FLOURISHES ? Can I really be happy, joyous, and free? …REALLY?
Recovery is a journey of new awarenesses, acceptance, and action. This Weekend Retreat is for people whose lives have been affected by the family disease of Alcoholism/Addiction- singles, couples, all Fellowships welcome! Utilizing the foundations of the 12 Steps and 12 Traditions, we'll consider the Principles of Recovery as stepping stones to a new freedom, healthier relationships, and a life of joyful service. Bring your Big Book, 12&12- and your partner, spouse or friends!
*Remote Via Zoom* Spirituality Series Part 16: Learn about Sponsorship ~ what does a sponsor do? What is the role of a sponsor? Through working the Steps as contained in the Big Book, with the guidance of a sponsor or “Step Guide”, you will experience a profound spiritual awakening. Then we are invited to carry this message to others, of recovery through a spiritual awakening. The path of improving consciousness and enlarging compassion produces optimal living. When we have a meaningful connection beyond ourselves and live a life of contribution - we find personal happiness and a useful life.
Save the Date! 15th Annual Nativity Exhibit “Mixed Company ~ Visitors to the Creche” Curator: Ellen Mintz Regular hours Sunday through Thursday are 9am-5pm; Fridays, Saturdays, 9am-9pm. Although the Birth was a private event, witnessed only by the animals who shared their shelter, word soon spread bringing visitors of all sorts. Depictions of the Birth are often populated with an interesting variety of people and animals and these add color to the story. This year we will feature many of these visitors and learn what their presence revealed about the Christmas celebration over time. Please join us for this year’s display and programs. We are delighted to open our grounds this season and to celebrate this beloved season. Call for specific hours or to arrange a program.